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Bacon Jr. , Jay Darwin

Rank and Name, Lieutenant Jay Darwin Bacon Jr.

Unit/Placed in, , Patrol Squadron VP-51 (PB4Y1), United States Naval Reserve.

The PB4Y-1 Liberator was the Navy’s version of the Army Air Force B-24. Frank was part of a bombing mission that included 9 PB4Y-1 Liberator’s, 10 P-38 Lightnings, and twelve F4U Corsairs. The entire group was attacked by 30 Japanese A6M Zeros & about 15 A6M2-N floatplanes. Two of the 9 PB4Y-1 Liberator’s, 4 P-38G’s, and 2 F4U-1 Corsair’s were lost in this mission. This mission became known as the “Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre” since a total of 26 Navy and Air Force servicemen were lost.


Jay is born approx. on 28 April 1916 in Colorado.

Father, Jay D. Bacon Sr.

Mother, Harriett (Chestnut) Bacon.

Sister(s), Marjorie Bacon.

Spouse, Barbara M. (Hinshaw) Bacon.


Jay enlisted the service in California with service number # 0-079900.


Jay‘s Crew-members on-board the plane a PB4Y-1  were,

Lt.               Jay D. Bacon Jr.      Pilot

Ensign          Edward J Kolazyk    Co Pilot

Aom2c.         Frank E. Atkins

Arm2.          William Barber

Arm1.          Frank L. Betz Jr

Amm1.         Jessie L. Henderson

Amm2.         Norman L. North

Amm2.         John M. Walker

Amm2.         Oscar K. Ward

Amm3.         Roy R. Wells

Aom3.          Joseph H. Zattera

Jay was KIA during the Island Strike on Bougainville, when he was attack by several enemy Fighters, and was shot down on Feb. 14, 1943, he is honored with a Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Jay is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.


Thanks to Mission-Info; https://pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/pb4y-1/bacon.html

Plane-Info;  https://pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/pb4y-1/31950.html

Date-Info; https://pacificwrecks.com/date/1943/02/14.html


Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and ww2-europe.com.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/


Jay Darwin Bacon


Everett, Washington


Distinguished Flying Cross


Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant



The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Jay Darwin Bacon (NSN: 0-79900), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in numerous combat flights during the periods 1 to 9 June 1942, and 27 January 1943 to 14 February 1943; and for the daylight bombardment of Bougainville on 14 February 1943.

Patrol Squadron 51 (VP-51)
Jay Darwin Bacon Jr.
His rank Lieutenant
Distinghuised Flying Cross